Police attend a stabbing in Toormina.
Police attend a stabbing in Toormina.

Domestic violence on the rise

TWO stabbings in two days in Coffs Harbour have highlighted the prevalence of violent domestic disputes, the consequences of which are seen all too regularly in hospital emergency wards.

Just hours after a man was allegedly stabbed with a pair of scissors in the back at Toormina, another man was rushed to hospital suffering stab wounds to his stomach.

Coffs Harbour police say the incident happened just after midnight yesterday in Boultwood Street – the result of another domestic dispute spiralling out of control.

It’s been found two people are stabbed in NSW every day. The latest Crime Bureau Research Statistics show there’s an average of 3500 incidents reported across the state each year outside of Sydney.

While large numbers of patients treated for stab wounds in country emergency wards are victims of domestic violence, State Health department research shows.

Coffs Clarence Police Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said this week’s unrelated incidents were concerning.

“These are very serious matters and should serve as a warning to people that they should be careful of weapons being produced during heated domestic disputes,” Detective Inspector Lindsay said.

“These incidents were totally unrelated. But any conflict where a knife is involved presents serious danger, and it highlights the risks police face when they respond to these domestic incidents.”

Last November there were four stabbings investigated by police in Coffs Harbour, including an attack on a security guard who intervened in an argument.

“Those incidents in November were of particular concern because some of those involved alleged offenders carrying knives in public.”

“Whereas the two stabbings in two days this week were both domestic disputes but still serious incidents nonetheless,” he said.

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